Mechanics and How Machines Work

Junior STEM Camp for ages 4.5 to 8  

17-21 July 2023: Face to Face at Baden-Powell House, 65 Queens Gate, SW7 5JS


In this brand new Summer holiday camp, children will have the opportunity to discover Mechanics and how Machines work alongside Maths, Programming and Chess

Children will learn about:

  • forces of gravity and friction
  • the history of inventions that produced devices to help people move heavy objects
  • the beginnings of engineering

Pupils will carry out numerous hands-on experiments to demonstrate and understand the work of levers, wheels, inclined planes and pulleys, looking into the physical concepts that explain the efficiency of these machines.

During the week, children will use their new knowledge to build mechanical toys with moving parts. Each child can take their completed projects home to demonstrate what they have learned and achieved.

Places are limited, please register your interest HERE.  

This is a five day camp that runs from 9am to 12pm or 1pm to 4pm - but not both. Each three hour day is divided into classes on the topics above with comfort breaks and opportunities to stop for drinks and a snack.

Learning groups are very small with a pupil to teacher ratio of 6 to 1. They are tailored for each child’s age and level of experience with the subject to provide appropriate levels of simplicity or complexity.

Places are limited, please register your interest HERE.  

Beyond the science of Mechanics, the key benefits for children learning in our Maths, Programming and Chess classes are:

  • the development of their powers of Problem Solving. Every child is encouraged to discuss their thinking about a problem with their peers. The exchange of ideas in our friendly discussions is both enjoyable and productive, helping children to develop their reasoning skills. This will also support each child’s understanding of the importance of maths and its practical uses

  • learning about Programming - how it works, how much fun it is and ‘debugging’ - the process of each child checking their work if the programme doesn’t run and trying to fix it themselves. We develop new coding projects for every camp

  • in Chess, the primary goal for the youngest and newest players will be to learn the basic rules of chess and begin playing. More advanced players will be coached in strategy and tactics and how to improve their game. To develop a child’s interest in chess, we present it as an exciting game of protecting one’s kingdom and its inhabitants. Research shows that playing chess regularly helps children achieve better results in maths and sciences, enhances language skills and memory and, most importantly, improves decision making which is why many countries teach it as a part of the school curriculum

Format and fees for the junior face to face camp (Reception to Year 3):

  • small groups of similar age and experience. Pupil to teacher ratio is 6 to 1
  • five days from Monday to Friday from either 9am to 12pm or 1pm to 4pm 
  • fees are £450 for all five days. It is not possible to join for a shorter period

Places are limited, please register your interest HERE.